Power Threat Meaning Framework and a trauma-informed Criminal Justice System

Over the last two days I have attended a workshop in Adelaide to learn about the Power Threat Meaning Framework from psychologists Dr Lucy Johnstone and Professor John Cromby. Matt Ball, mental health nurse and Chair of ISPS Australia also spoke about the relevance of life experiences and adverse childhood experiences in psychosis. This workshop reminded Read More

#ANZSOC2018 Inspirational Criminoli

At the end of another inspiring Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference. There were lots of ideas which will help me with my PhD topic and so I dropped them into a Wakelet to keep track! Read More

Kapow! I’m back, baby!

After a six-month hiatus from Crime Muse, I am back. In my time away I’ve been working on an online Bachelor of Criminal Justice for Uni which went live in September 2018. I created courses relating to Corrections, Criminology, Victimology and Psychology of crime and law. I loved the opportunity but it was pretty depressing Read More

Let’s celebrate our first Muse of 2018

So this week I am refining my PhD topic which will focus on how the criminal justice system recognises (or more often overlooks), responds to and often exacerbates trauma. As it happens my lovely friend Rosemary from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education in Canberra introduced me to Karyn McCluskey this week. (Not literally. Read More

Trauma, secondary trauma and justice

According to Merriam-Webster: Trauma is the Greek word for ‘wound’. Although the Greeks used the term only for physical injuries, nowadays trauma is just as likely to refer to emotional wounds. We now know that a traumatic event can leave psychological symptoms long after any physical injuries have healed. The psychological reaction to emotional trauma now has an established name: post-traumatic Read More

Search for a Supervisor (AKA Which comes first…?)

So I have been musing for a while now – probably about five years – about what exactly should be the focus of my PhD. I’ve pared it back to something to do with victimology, procedural justice, human rights, applied criminology, neuroplasticity and trauma recovery. So you can see I am pretty focused. I have Read More

Blog musings

This blog is all about my thoughts on evidence-based policy, working together to reduce re-offending and other ponderings about crime and justice. Specifically: Research Translation: in 2017, I received half a Great Ydeas Grant from the YWCA Adelaide. The YWCA aims to build strong and equitable communities through the development of women’s leadership, and we Read More